On Monday, President Trump said he plans to send additional law enforcement personnel to some large United States cities, as a federal crackdown on violent protests including the use of unmarked cars and unidentified officers that appear to be in military gear. “We’re sending law enforcement,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “We can’t let this happen to the cities.”
Trump was asked in the Oval Office about reports that the government was sending 175 federal troops to those cities to aid local law enforcement, according to The Hill.
Recently, Trump deployed federal forces to Portland, where early Monday morning they used tear gas to disperse protesters who had approached a federal courthouse and then set a fire outside the courthouse. He added, “In Portland, they’ve done a fantastic job. They’ve been there for three days and they’ve really done a fantastic job.”
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#BREAKING: President Trump says he may send "more federal law enforcement" to New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore, Oakland, and other cities to deal with unrest: "In Portland they’ve done a fantastic job." pic.twitter.com/Pe6aDv6AVt
— The Hill (@thehill) July 20, 2020
Trump mentioned a host of Democratic-led cities including: New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore and Oakland, California, as possible places for sending in federal forces, calling the cities’ mayors “liberal Democrats”. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot frequently blasts Trump on Twitter.
“We’re going to have more federal law enforcement — that, I can tell you,” he said, and later added: “These are anarchists; they’re not protesters.”
Trump pointed to heightened violence in Chicago and New York City, in particular, both of which have seen a rise in shootings in recent weeks. In the latter’s case, he condemned city and state officials, including Democratic Mayor Bill De Blasio, for restricting police from taking a stronger response.
The government is expected to send 150 agents to Chicago this week. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told Fox News that the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security would announce specific plans of action on deploying federal resources later Monday. On Friday, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, tweeted “Our men and women in uniform are patriots. We will never surrender to violent extremists on my watch.”
Our men and women in uniform are patriots. We will never surrender to violent extremists on my watch. pic.twitter.com/kG8w8kyw9E
— Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (@DHS_Wolf) July 17, 2020
As Democrat governors and mayors bow to the violent protesters and continue to watch their cities burn, Trump condemned their remarks that federal aid is only making matters worse. “The governor and the mayor and the senators out there, they’re afraid of these people,” Trump said. “That’s the reason they don’t want us to help them. They’re afraid. I really believe they’re actually maybe even physically afraid of these people — because what they’re doing is incredible.”